Free diabetes classes
The Orange County Diabetes Prevention, Awareness and Health Education Program presents “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes,” and educational program for people with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The Extension office will offer a diabetes cooking demonstration on Saturday, May 15, at 9 a.m. in Bridge City. Classes are free. Classes designed to teach participants how to manage their glucose levels will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 17-20, and Monday, May 24. A support group meeting is slated for Thursday, May 13, from noon-1 p.m.
To pre-register call the AgriLife office at 882-7010.

Citrus grafting class
The Texas AgriLife Extension Orange County and Orange County Master Gardens will offer a citrus grafting class 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 1, at the Extension Office in Mauriceville. A fee of $15 per person to be paid the day of the class, which is limited to the first 15 to register. There will be a demonstration of pecan grafting also and each person attending will go home with a citrus tree. To pre-register call 882-7010.

CASA fundraiser
“Justice Is Served,” a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) benefit to serve interests of abused and neglected children, will be from 6:30 p.m.-midnight Thursday, May 6, at the Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange. Features include a silent auction/live auction, award presentations, and dinner and dancing with the Chilton Sisters and Jerry Nichols and Texas Thunder Band. Tickets are $60. For more information, call 1-877-586-6548 or 781-3724.

Honor Student Luncheon
The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Honor Student Luncheon, to recognize and congratulate area high school students for academic excellence and to encourage them in the future, will be Thursday, May 13, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Sunset Grove Country Club. The chamber again asks area businesses and industries to show their support by means of financial assistance. Cost is $25 per person, and about 300 students are expected. For more information, call 883-3536, e-mail or go to

LIT Lineman Rodeo
The Lamar Institute of Technology’s Utility Line Technology program’s annual Lineman Rodeo will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, April 30, at the Robinson Center in Silsbee. This event gives students the opportunity to show the skills they have learned during their classes. The rodeo features hurt man rescue, egg climb, insulator change on dead line, arrestor change on energized line, rigging and a surprise contest. Judging of the events will be based on safety, work procedures and time. There will also be a barbecue luncheon for all attendees.

OCS needs food donations
The Orange Christian Services, serving all of Orange County, invites the public to participate in re-stocking their pantry during their 2010 Food Blitz Drive.
OCS volunteers will be at Walmart’s entrance in Orange, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 1 to accept pre-bagged groceries, monetary donations, and grocery items purchased from their most-needed list.
Donations are also welcome Monday through Friday at their location at 2518 W. Park Ave., Orange.

TxDOT Boosts low-income families.
The state’s transportation agency is helping to boost safety for some low-income families. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), working with the Department of State Health Services, will provide booster seats to families during a one-day educational event in Beaumont, May 22. Eligible families can receive new booster seats for up to two children.
“Riding in a booster seat may not seem that important, but to children between 4 and 8 years old, it could be the difference between life and death,” said Georgette Pillitere, Traffic Safety Specialist for the TxDOT Beaumont District. “A booster seat lifts the child so that the vehicle seat belt fits correctly. Its easy to use,” she said.
During the event, child passenger safety technicians will assist families in their vehicles with booster seat education and fitting. Pre-registration is required.
–Requirements to receive a booster seat include:
–Be considered a low-income family
–Child must be between 4 – 8 years old and weigh between 40 – 100 lbs.
–Position in vehicle where child will sit must have a working lap and shoulder belt.
–Pre-registration by contacting TxDOT at 409 898-5719. Participants will be told the time and location of the event upon registration.
–Limits: one booster seat per child, up to two booster seats per family.
–Parent/caregiver must be available to bring the child to the event in Beaumont on Saturday, May 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to receive the seat.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides extension information about child passenger safety and booster seats. Visit their website at and click on child passenger safety listed in the menu bar on the left.
To register for the event call Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) at (409) 898-5719.

Retired teachers to meet
Retired teachers of Orange County will meet at 11 a.m. May 11 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 37th St. New officers will be installed.
There will be a covered dish luncheon. Each teacher is asked to bring a dish.

Strutters Announce Spring Revue
The Bridge City Strutters will perform in their annual Spring Revue featuring the music of Broadway at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 8 at the Lutcher Theater in Orange.
The show will begin with the performance of students that attended the Strutters dance clinic. Immediately following, the Strutters will showcase their performances from their competition season. There will also be performances from other local talent.
Tickets are $7 and are available for purchase from any Strutter or may be purchased at the door.

Strutters to host golf tourney
The David Ess/Strutters Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 15 at Belle Oaks Golf Course located on 15075 Country Club Drive in Beaumont.
A hole sponsor fee is $100 and includes two advertisements – a sign on the golf course and an ad in our Strutters Spring Revue program. The team fee is $200.
For more information, sign up a team or hole sponsorship please call 735-1501 or 735-8521.

“The Hottest Camp in Town!”
Applications are being accepted for The Fire Museum of Texas’ Fire Safety and Prevention Summer Camp 2010.
Session one runs June 21-25 for children ages 4-6 years. The second session, for ages 7-10 years, is scheduled June 28- July 2. Both sessions run 9 a.m.-noon and costs $60.
Class is limited to the first 20 children per session. No late or first day of camp registration will be accepted.
To register, print and complete the registration forms found at (please include t-shirt size)
Mail to: Fire Museum of Texas, 400 Walnut, Beaumont, TX 77701.
The camp is sponsored by the YMBL. Volunteers are needed. For information call 409-880-3927.

Bengal Guards meeting
The Lutcher Stark Bengal Guards from 1935-44 will meet Friday, May 2l, at 11 a.m. at the Magnolia Tea Room on Strickland Drive in Pinehurst. Discussion will include reports on the reunion earlier this month.

Senior citizens’ meeting
The Orange County Retired Seniors will meet Monday, May 10, at the Salvation Army Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Members should bring a covered dish, bingo prizes and soaps for Orange Christian Services donations. Guests are welcome. For more information, call 883-6161.

W.O. city clean-up
The city of West Orange clean-up campaign is set for Thursday through Monday, April 29-May 3.
Residents are asked to tackle their spring cleaning chores, inside and out. Dumpsters will be available for debris behind the West Orange Volunteer Fire Department. Proof of residency will be required for access to the dumpsters. City employees will be on hand to assist in unloading debris into dumpsters.
Unacceptable items include hazardous waste (batteries, Freon, paint, tires, pesticides, used oils and filters, mercury, pool chemicals etc.).
White goods will be accepted, although they are collected on Fridays by Waste Management (as long as any freon has been removed and tagged.)
Dumpsters will be accessible during the following hours only:
• Thursday – 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
• Friday – 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
• Saturday – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
• Sunday – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
• Monday – 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
For more information, call West Orange City Hall at 883-3468.

W.O. garbage rates going up
The following new rates for Sanitation Department services will go into effect July 1, according to the city of West Orange and Waste Management.
• Residential pickup (twice weekly by Waste Management) will be $20 per month.
• Commercial pickup (twice weekly by Waste Management) will be $40 per month.
Payment discounts will continue to be offered as follows:
• Six-month advance payment equals discount of 5 percent of base rate.
• 12-month advance payment equals discount of 10 percent of base rate.
A charge of $17.60 per cubic yard (plus tax, plus $1 R&R fee) will be collected prior to pickup of curbside debris.
Dumpster rental will increase to $30 per dump, with a maximum use of 10 working-days.
Garbage collection days are Tuesdays and Fridays. Garbage should be set out by 7 a.m.
Holidays observed are: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Customer service contacts for Waste Management are 1-800-553-1902; or e-mail

Tourism mag seeks partners
The Orange County Economic Development Corporation has begun working on its third olume of “Explore Orange County Texas – Experience the possibilities” magazine/visitor’s guide and general marketing brochure.
“We were successful last year in our efforts to create a partnership with local business and industries to help increase our funding and, secondly, to develop suitable marketing materials to assist in our efforts,” said a press release from “This achieves one of our goals highlighted in our strategic plan and I want to sincerely thank all of you who helped us be so successful in our last venture of publishing this magazine.
“This magazine is being used not only to introduce and welcome visitors to our community but, hopefully, is also encouraging new workers to want to ‘live, work and play’ in Orange County and creating new revenue streams for Orange County retailers. Our plan is to continue placing this annual publication in the area visitor centers, hotels and utilizing them as part of our overall marketing material that we send to prospective companies and workers. For the last two years we have printed 15,000 copies of the magazine. This year we plan to utilize a distribution service that will help us spread the magazine over a much wider area. This will require us to double the number of magazines printed.
“If you would like to partner with us in promoting Orange County while creating potential new customers for your business, look at our price guide and contact us today. We’d love to work with you to create a dynamic location for your business in our magazine. You can also see our last year’s magazine by clicking on the ‘magazine’ button on the left side of the Web site.”
For more information, or to view the price guide go to For other information, call 883-7770.

Justice is Served
A fundraiser for Advocates for Children, Inc. (A CASA program) is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 6 at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange. The evening is also a volunteer appreciation event.
The evening will include dinner, dancing, entertainment, live and silent auctions benefitting Southeast Texas abused, neglected and abandoned children.
The mixer is scheduled for 6:30-7 p.m., with the meal 7-7:50 p.m. The live auction is 8-9 p.m., followed by Jerry Nichols and Texas Thunder. The Chilton Sisters will entertain during dinner.
Tickets are $60 per person. Gold sponsorship is $2500–10 tickets and recognition. Silver sponsorship is $1,000–8 tickets and recognition. Bronze sponsorship for $500–4 tickets and recognition.
For more information call 1-877-586-6548 or 781-3724.
Make your check payable to Advocates for Children, Inc. You can also be billed upon request. Mail to 1091 N. Main, Suite G, Vidor, Texas 77662.
CASA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Angel Food Ministries
McDonald Memorial Baptist Church invites the public to place food orders from Angel Food Ministries on Wednesday, May 5, from 3-6 p.m. in the church office. Distribution date is Saturday, May 22. A variety of food is available; beginning around $22. Cash or LoneStar card accepted. The church is at the corner of South and Broad streets near Lions Den Park. For more information, call the church office at 883-3974.

McDonald Baptist 79th
McDonald Memorial Baptist Church will celebrate its 79th anniversary on Sunday, May 2, at 11 a.m. Pam Nugent, minister of music, will lead the music service and former Pastor Joe Orr will speak. Rev. Orr and wife Beverly served McDonald Church from 1991-96 He is pastor of First Baptist Church in Mount Enterprise, Texas. Area residents who have been associated with the church are invited to the service. Dinner and fellowship will follow.

Retirement celebration for Mike Keeney
The public is invited to a celebration of the career of long time game warden Mike Keeney at 5 p.m., at the Bridge City Community Center at 101 Parkside in Bridge City.
RSVP to Clint Caywod at 988-9096 or Steve Satchfield at 658-4454

National Day of Prayer
“Prayer for Such a Time as This” is the theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer. Nahum 1: 7: “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.”
The public is invited to join in prayer at noon, Thursday, May 6 at the front steps of the Orange County Courthouse located at 801 W. Division Ave.
Sponsor for the event is Vickie Landry. For more information call 883-7740 or 474-0427.

Safety, health, wellness fair
Lamar State College-Orange will host a Safety, Health, and Wellness Fair Thursday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the LSC-O Student Center. There will be door prizes, snacks, and booths with information and services that benefit students, faculty and the community. Currently, the list of organizations set to attend includes nearly 20 companies and organizations. For more information, call 882-3384.

Senior Citizen Rally Day
The Texas Agrilife Extension Orange County and Committee on Aging will host the 41st annual Senior Citizen Rally Day Tuesday, May 11, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2772 in Orange from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. This year’s theme will be “Under the Big Top.” The event is free to all senior citizens. Guests are encouraged to dress according to theme. Feature include fellowship bingo, health screenings, entertainment and free lunch. Anyone interested in having a booth or placing an ad should call the Texas AgriLife Extension Service at 882-7010.

WO-S athletic banquet
The West Orange-Stark High School Athletic Banquet catered by Moncla’s will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 10, in the West Orange-Stark High School Cafeteria.
Male and female athletes from the 2009-10 year will be honored. Each athlete will receive one free ticket. Parents and other family members may purchase tickets for $7 at the West Orange-Stark Athletic Office by May 7. For more information, call the WO-S athletic office, 882-5530.

Stark HS reunion
Members of the Lutcher Stark Senior High School classes of ‘49’, ’50 and ‘51 plan a reunion for June 11 -12. Letters are being prepared to be mailed to members’ last known address. To report an address change, call the appropriate class representative: 1949 – Fred Fontenot, 886-3978; 1950 – Betty (Estes) Duhon, 886-3150; 1951 – Mary (Broom) Morgan (979) 330-5350 as soon as possible.

Credit union challenge
Young credit union members can prove they understand the importance of saving by participating in the month-long National Youth Saving Challenge this April at Sabine Federal Credit Union on Strickland Drive in Orange.
Sabine FCU invites youth to participate in the seventh annual saving challenge, to encourage young members to open new accounts and make savings deposits throughout the month. All participating credit unions will tally the total amount and number of deposits, as well as the number of new accounts opened by young members during the month and report their results to the Credit Union National Association to determine national level figures.
Last year 397 participating credit unions reported $26,529,081 million in deposits from 139,669 young members. Additionally, credit unions also welcomed in 10,006 new member accounts.
The saving challenge originally began in conjunction with National Credit Union Youth Week, which takes place this year April 18-24. Youth Week was created as an opportunity for credit unions across the country to focus on the financial needs of young people and provide financial literacy education. The event is considered a focal point for teaching the benefits of saving and goal setting as well as inviting young people to open saving accounts at their credit union and make deposits this week and throughout the year.
Sabine FCU has many plans to celebrate the saving challenge and youth week, including several special drawings, “goody bags” for new youth accounts and cookies and punch in the lobby.